Advice for a sticky situation
Last year I participated in a local show that has a good reputation. I have been in the show 2 years and been satisfied with the results, There were a couple of other weavers in the show, and our prices and products were compatible. Last year there was a new weaver, who was placed directly across from me. Her prices were about half, so the result is as you expected. People did buy my scarves etc., but sales were down. For some customers the goal was a handwoven scarf (or whatever) and if the color was right, one for half price was the winner. I realize competition is a good thing, but I overheard this weaver telling the show promoter, that "she just retired, and was able to weave, and if she covered the cost of her materials she was happy.""
My question is what would you do in this situation? My options seem to be to pull out of the show and look elsewhere, but it is fairly frustrating. This show had the advantage of allowing me to travel backwards and forwards, so no hotel expense. I understand that the jurying committee looks at pictures and doesn't care what the prices are. I was also annoyed that our booths were in the same building and so close together. Am I just being unreasonable, and I need to figure out how to handle this, or is there something I could do. It bothered me at the time, and now the application is here again...
Any feedback would be appreciated,